What is ISO 50001:2011?

ISO 50001:2011 Energy Management System is an international standard that is developed by the ISO (International Organization for Standardization). ISO 50001 gives organizations the requirements for energy management systems
(EnMS). ISO 50001 provides benefits for organizations big and small, in both public
and private sectors, in manufacturing and services, throughout the world.

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The aim of ISO 50001 is to assist organizations in managing and controlling their health and safety risks and improving their OH&S performance. In response to customer demand for an occupational health and safety management system that can be assessed objectively, certified credibly, and recognized internationally, the Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series (OHSAS) standards are developed for use by all types of organizations and industries.

A reference publication, the International Labor Organization:2001, provides guidelines on occupational health and safety management systems (OSH-MS). In countries around the world, Health and Safety Agencies write health and safety regulations and laws that organizations must follow. However, compliance to ISO 50001 does not preclude meeting the applicable legal obligations.

Why do companies want to pursue ISO 50001?

Fundamentally, it is everyone’s job to support and protect a safe and healthy workplace by preventing injury, preventing ill health, reducing hazards and continually improving the OH&S performance. Organizations are becoming increasingly concerned in achieving sound health and safety performance, often while delivering cost savings and demonstrating Good Stewardship and Good Corporate Citizenship.

Market Pressure

Many organizations decide to implement ISO 50001 and obtain registration because it assures employees, customers, shareholders, suppliers, regulators and the community at large that the company has an internationally recognized Energy Management System (EnMS) in place. An organization with an effective health and safety system will typically have safer and healthier workplaces, comply with regulations and meet customer expectations better than an organization that does not have an effective EnMS. Many organizations require their suppliers to have ISO 50001 Registration.

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